Originally Posted by Aktuator
Brainworx's XL v2(KEY PART) is rather outstanding, did your experience use the first version?
I'm seeing that the one I used says saturation on the product page...so no wonder I didn't like it. I guess I didn't understand. I should have used the XL. I edited my post a little.
Note: I found this chain to work. I only lose about 6db in dynamic range. Its a really hot signal. Maybe it crushes cymbals too much, but I'll find a workaround.
1. EQ (turn down treble a little, add bass)
2. A Mastering Compressor - Slow attack, fast release. 1.6 ratio (or whatever)
3. An Exciter or Saturation
4. Stereo Widener
5. Waves L3 UltraMaximizer <--- Well I didn't like this one at first, but now I'm seeing the light. Its beastly...as long as in step one I adjusted the EQ so the L3 wasn't hurting my ears.
6. Vintage Warmer or Tape Saturation to add final beef.
I think Loudmax is good if I'm being lazy. But I think L3 is even better if you start tweaking and use a lot of plugins simultaneously. Its pretty interesting to me that a plugin I didn't prefer by itself, worked better for me with other plugins.
I guess its just whatever effect you need in the end. There are so many plugins out there its confusing.